Our second day in Sonoma started out with a morning mud bath. Haha. True story. DH was thrilled. I almost threw up because it was so hot. We drive up to Calistoga because I have been dying to try a mud bath. It was an experience. Not sure if the experience will repeat itself however I did feel great afterwards. We were on the red eye that evening so we started driving back down to San Fran stopping at a few wineries on the way. We ended up visiting three wineries where I drank and DH, who was driving, supervised. I am not sure how fun that was for him but he is awesome for participating. Needless to say I slept the whole way home. On the plane. On the train. On the bus (I think there was a bus). Monday was a bit brutal but it was all worth it because we had an amazing time in Sonoma.
What do you do when you have a $500 airline credit to burn? Well you book three weekend trips of course. This weekend I'm heading to Miami but a couple of weekends ago we spent an amazing 48 hours in Sonoma. We visited a total of 7 wineries over the weekend. (I was suffering come Monday). The first day we did a wine trolley which I would definitely recommend. We had the opportunity to visit four wineries. All were beautiful. I of course have my faves. The weather was perfect and we had such a great time that we feel asleep as soon as we got back to our cottage and missed our dinner reservation. Oops.
Why do I look so angry? Because it's hot and I don't like when it is hot. Haha. At least I don't like having to dress up for work when it is 9 million degrees. When it is hot I like to go to the beach or the pool or maybe just curl up in my pjs with the AC on blast. So let's talk about the fact that I am pretty sure I bought this dress almost 15 years ago. I paid about 10 bucks for it and it is still going strong. I LOOOVEE this dress. It is great for a hot summer day, throw on a blazer and you are work ready.
Dress: Old, No Name Similar Here or Here
Blazer: Old, No Brand Similar Here or Here
Shoes: Ralph Lauren, Similar Here or Here
Sunnies: Michael Kors, Similar Here
The fact that I love to travel is no surprise however how I can manage to afford it is a mystery to some so today I decided to share with you some of my favorite travel sites that I have used in my hunt for a deal.
So Kayak is not a big secret however it is usually the first place I go when I am looking to book a flight. Kayak allows you to set the times you want to take off, land, how many stops you want and even gives you the ability to check flights a day earlier or later. I usually fly Jetblue and am willing to pay the extra money for it sometimes however sometimes there are deals that are too good to pass up and Kayak is a great resource when I quickly want to look into price options for a specific time and place.
This has become my new favorite. This app is great for people that are flexible with their travel. If you want to go on vacation but don't know where to go enter your home airport, destination everywhere and time frame whole year and the app scans flights for you all over the world that you can view by country and by price. This app is great for planning holiday weekends. For example this year we had a four day weekend for New Years Eve. I ran a search and found flights to Denmark direct for $400 roundtrip. Unfortunately DH was not very interested. It is a great tool if you are flexible with travel. It also a great way to see what time of year is cheapest to visit your favorite place.
Did you know that you can cruise for under $30 a day. It is a true story. It has been over a year since I have been on a cruise but it is one of my favorite ways to travel. I love cruises. The ships nowadays are amazing and it is great way to see a lot of places in a short period of time. Cruisesheet is a very simple site however it is a great resources to find cheap cruises. Especially if you are open to last minute deals. I have recommended this site to a lot of friends and they love it.
I just recently used this site for my birthday vacation and was able to score a trip to Jamaica at a five star resort for under $1000 per person for 9 days. This is an auction style site which can be intimidating for some however the great thing about this site is that you can work with one of their concierges to plan your trip. It was a pretty easy process and I was able to save a ton of money. It is great way to stay at luxury resorts without the luxury price
I will never book a hotel without checking it out on Tripadvisor. It is a great resource for reviewers on hotels and it has helped me to decide if the deal I am about to buy is really in fact a deal. It doesn't matter how much money you save if you end up in a dump. Tripadvisor is also a great place to get information on your destinations. I always plan my own excursions when I am away and the forums have been a great resource for me. I highly recommend everyone visit Tripadvisor prior to booking anything to make sure you are making the right decision.
Do you have any favorite travel site you like to visit? What has been your best travel deal to date?
I am slowly getting back to my active lifestyle which is always a difficult task in the dead of winter when it is too cold to workout outdoors and the gyms are packed with people trying to kick start their new years resolution. Today I am taking it back to San Francisco where we had an opportunity to take a day trip out to Muir Woods for some hiking. I not a big hiker or so I thought. Initially I thought it would be a fun walk in the woods. That walk turned out to be much more of a work out than I anticipated. Thank god for the jetted tub back in my hotel room. If you have never been to Muir Woods you must go. It is absolutely beautiful. These pictures do it no justice. I have been to a lot of cool places in my lifetime but I have to say Muir Woods definitely is up there on my list of faves. I am hoping to try this hiking thing again once the weather warms up. I am a fan of a cold but I am not a fan of getting lost in the woods in the cold so I will reserve my hiking adventures for warm sunny days.
Location: Muir Woods and Marin Headlands
What I Wore:
Jacket: Uniqlo. Similar here
Shirt: Unknown Similar here
Jeans: JBrand Available here
Shoes: Toms Available here ( I DO NOT recommend wearing these for hiking. I forgot my sneakers at home)
Scarf: Street Vendor Similar here